Lisa Hardon
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Thesis Sustainable Fashion in the Netherlands

Started this discussion. Last reply by NyThreadTrend Jan 6, 2013. 4 Replies

Hello all, I've recently completed my masters thesis Design Cultures about sustainable fashion in the Netherlands. It's goal was to analyze the current sector and to seek improvements for the future…Continue

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Profession / role:
Museum employee
Company / organisation:
Museum Rotterdam/Amsterdam Museum/Rank A Brand
Website (if you have one):
My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Consumer, Student
I am looking to discover or buy
A job in sustainable fashion, preferably organizing events and exhibitions.
About me / About business or organisation:
I'm a graduated Design Cultures student from Amsterdam with a high interest in a sustainable lifestyle. I love food, fashion and design that is innovative, fun and made with respect. My master's thesis has focussed on the Dutch sustainable fashion industry and how this can be enhanced. I'm always looking for creative and alternative places,which has resulted in a very versatile taste.
Career history / Company history:
For the last one and a half year I've been working as a museum employee at Museum Rotterdam, as an assistant in organizing a fashion exhibition. During that time I've been studying Design Cultures in Amsterdam and started my own fashion and design blog called Gevonden Vormgeving. Furthermore, I've been volunteering at many different (sustainable) fashion festivals, exhibitions and events. I've worked as a PA for a fashion designer and have been working in a gallery for Modern Art in Amsterdam. However sustainability is my passion and I'm now looking for a job in this sector.

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At 10:42 on October 25, 2011, Daniel Godfrey said…

Hi Lisa, Have you heard of Otto Von Busch?


he is a very inspirational chap.. he has a site   and he is a hacktivist, I have seen his lectures before, they are bery poignant.


here is something i have just found on the website socialalterations dot com a link to some new publications of his.


very interesting fashion theory.



At 9:24 on October 25, 2011, Daniel Godfrey said…

Hello Lisa,


Working for the fairwear foundation sounds very cool! I'm stuck in an office job at the moment and severely miss practising designing and making... i am in the process of applying for a teaching position.. it's my dream teaching job - fashion & costume and its not far from where I live. If I'm not successful though I've got some other plans... mainly escaping the UK for a while. My friends sister lives in Tilburg so I might start there, I want to supply Upclycled clothing and accessories to a few cool shops then see if I can develop some sustainable workshops, exhibit some show pieces..  I've got plenty of ideas but not loadsa money so its a case of saving up and finding a job!! do you know of any clothes shops where you are that sell Mens / Womens contemporary fashion / Ethical fashion where you are? Or is there a good market scene like camden in london with independant designers? I will have a look at the green fashion competition too..


I think what you said about the awareness of ethical/sustainable issues in fashion are limited in some places, where there is no choice and not a high income there will always be mass consumption as the markets are sewn up years in advance.. it is very similar to organic food, or free range eggs, people will not care until they have to make a serious moral choice. Greenwashing is another problem.. a token gesture of big labels such as levi's producing one pair of 'Eco' jeans and selling 30 options that are not.. it is everywhere. BUT.. at least there's some folk who are bothered. like you . and many more on this network.


What is it like working for FWR F? lots of travelling? .Bet it's exciting!


Hope to hear from you soon,.  Danny

At 9:58 on October 17, 2011, Daniel Godfrey said…

Hey Lisa,


I like what you've written, some interesting points. It really make me want to find out more about the ethical designers in holland and the impact of sustainable fashion education on graduates.


Having followed Fashioning an Ethical industry for several years, the content you have put forward has been discussed throughout Britain and it is good to see that Dutch companies / ngo's are at the front of championing sustainable practice within the fashion industry.


Are there many communitites of fashion designers and textile artists who develop their own sustainable fashion? such as co-operatives of independant designers. Your writing covers the big topics and looks at the big questions, but there is so much to write about with Sustainable fashion.. are you looking further into the topic?


this is something I'm really interested in., the market for independant designers is pretty London Centric.. not a lot of customers are looking for sustainable fashion / art when the high streets are full of cheap clothes. What is the reception like in holland for unique / sustainable clothing?


Thanks Danny : )

At 7:32 on October 13, 2011, Daniel Godfrey said…

Hello Lisa, I'd love to read your thesis. my email is dan_fashion_man(at)


What is it like in Rotterdam? I'm really considering moving to holland, is there a receptive audience for sustainablity / upcycling?


Thanks : ) danny


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